Yesterday, still in the Barossa Valley (South Australia), we called in to the Apex Bakery in Elizabeth Street, Tanunda, because we’d heard heaps about the Fechner brothers and their bread made the good old-fashioned way with unbleached flour, no sugars and no emulsifiers. The wood fired oven was built in 1924 and is Australia’s longest continually fired oven. It’s never gone out!
Brian (Nipper) Fechner proudly standing in front of his wood fired oven at the Apex Bakery
Vegetable pasties going in the oven to cook
This was preceded by a visit to the Barossa Farmer’s Market, held every Saturday in the Vintners Sheds email@example.com
Here you’ll find locally made breads, cheeses, sauces, pickles and condiments and locally grown olives, fruits and vegetables. The range of apple varieties was impressive and the little garlic seeds, from matured garlic flowers (just let the plants go to flower then seed) were a revelation. Hot and spicy and very more-ish!
Sour dough bread
And, one last pic – me at dinner with Paul Mercurio, star of stage and screen, including the movie Strictly Ballroom and television series Dancing with the Stars, at dinner at Yalumba Winery, Australia’s oldest family-owned winery in Eden Valley (close to Barossa Valley), South Australia. A few days more in Adelaide, then off to Kangaroo Island!